Southgate Footbridge, Melbourne (map)
0426 501 857
Open daily 8am-1am
Ponyfish Island, the latest bar from "St Jerome" Borazio, is located under the Yarra Pedestrian Bridge connecting Southgate with Flinders Street Station. It opened in about December and will be there until winter.
Until then, they're open every day from early in the morning through to 1am. Carlton, Fat Yak and Bulmers on tap during hours of libation.
I went along yesterday morning for breakfast with DJ and a group of our friends, for our fortnightly CBD Bourgeois Breakfast. We had SERIOUS misgivings as we arrived, because it was gloomy, windy and cold (Melbourne having apparently leap-frogged autumn in favour of winter)...
...but fifteen minutes later the place looked like this and we were bathed in lovely early morning sunlight.
Understandably, the menu isn't expansive. While there are a couple of pastas and salads later in the day, for breakfast there were just three options (and no eggs, much to DJ's chagrin).
It must be said: the staff had a surly attitude problem. No doubt the early hour wasn't helping.
I shared toast and waffles with the charming T. The toast with avocado, feta and paprika ($8, normally also comes served with dukka but they'd run out) was dry and not terribly inspiring. A wedge of lemon on the side would've helped.
By contrast the waffles with mascarpone, walnuts, maple syrup and strawberries ($10.50) were pretty good. But DJ reckons his muesli with mango nectar, bananas, strawberries, walnuts and Black Swan yoghurt ($9) was the best dish.
I liked the design of the bar, particularly the hessian-covered recycled shipping pallets for bar stools and the battered lanterns tucked into shadowy recesses. Endearingly, Moth Design claim to have been inspired by The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
Oh and they have free WiFi, so bear it in mind next time you and your laptop want to go somewhere a little different. Just pray it ain't windy!